The MontanaFair isn’t just about the rides and tasty food: many look forward to the 4-H events that happen throughout the entire week. Many youths in 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) come to the fair to participate in shows all week. 

Friday was the start of the horse shows and pet pocket shows, which feature different kinds of rabbits and guinea pigs. Yourbigsky caught up with some contestants and the sweet, furry critters they brought along. 

Clara Thompson poses with her English angora rabbit, Libby.

Clara Thompson presented her English angora rabbit named Libby, who she got in Pennsylvania when visiting her dad. Libby got her name after Clara and her family visited the Liberty Bell. She got her start in 4-H thanks to her mom and has now adopted it as her own.

Thompson says her favorite part about being a member is raising the animals and doing the work. She also says most rabbits enjoy eating hay, which Libby loves. Clara showed Libby in the showmanship category, which she hopes she did really well at.

Jorden Trupka was competing with her horse, Breeze, in English and Western riding trail, as well as freestyle reining. Trupka says freestyle reining is fun because you can make your own patterns and find things that the rider and the horse are both good at and can even learn in the arena. Training horses has been a family tradition in Trupka’s family, with her grandma starting it. 

She also says her favorite part of competing in 4-H is the people and the support they bring. People she had never seen cheer her on by name when she competes in events. But competitiveness is nonexistent here. We’re more of a family than competitors, Trupka said. “And we learn a lot from anything and everything; adults, other kids, our animals.” 

Trupka says they are more like a family than they are competitors. This is her 11th year as a 4-H member, and she has made lifelong friends since becoming a member. “If there is any person out there who loves animals or even non-animals, like sewing or quilting or anything like that, 4H would be perfect for them,” Trupka adds. Jorden has her rabbit show on August 13 and her goats later in the week. 

If you make a trip out to the MontanaFair, be sure to show your support for all the young and ambitious competitors! Attending any 4-H and FFA shows is free with general admission to the fair.